FOLIAGE… a Drabble for FriFic

A telephone rings in Wicker Park…

“I’m pissed, Cheryl.”

“Well helloooo to you too. What’s up now?”

“You know the pretty foliage I like to look at? They’re cutting it down!”

“You got me. Where?”

“Outside my kitchen window!!!”

“That ratty ivy next door? I wouldn’t call that ‘foliage’, Ethel. Why?”

“They’re going to paint the bricks!”

“Big improvement.”

“But, Cheryl, paint? I complained to the painters, but they wouldn’t listen.”

“For crying out loud, Ethel, that’s not who you talk too.”

“I was told ‘time marches on, lady’, so rude! It’ll be ugly.”

“How ’bout getting a window shade?”

“I should have called Betty! Good-bye!!!”

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Loved this week’s photo prompt, by Roger Bulltot, of the Renwick Ruins on Roosevelt Island. Originally a smallpox hospital built in 1856 and claimed to be the most haunted spot in NYC. You can read such a story right here… Tour Guide at Roosevelt Island.

(I trimmed Roger’s photo a bit since brownstones in Chicago don’t have lawns that large)

21 responses

  1. Lol….Ethel sure has her fair share of problems. Good one Ted, and great picture.

    1. Thanks, Fran! That would be something to see.

  2. Ethel clearly doesn’t like change. Just wait until the new neighbors move in!

  3. Ha. This is really funny. 🙂

  4. I thought the ivy was rather nice. I’m with Ethel on this one.

  5. Poor Ethel! I have to agree with her, I would rather seeing living plants than something painted, especially graffiti. 😆 Great work Ted!! Thanks

  6. If you have the same problem with Betty give me a call Ethel! I’m with you gal!

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  7. I agree with Ethel, this is not foliage, the green stuff happens when it’s mouldy, at least paint will look much better, Ted, sorry I could not agree with you. 🙂

  8. Personally, I think a nice mural or a little graffiti might be a nice change from ivy. Unless of course, it’s on the grounds of an Ivy League school.

  9. Perhaps she can grow her own on the windowsill?

  10. Oh poor Ethel, no one understands her. I do though. Painting bricks? Horrible thought… Fun story.

  11. Poor Ethel. Does she not realise those ivy doohickies attract scads of spiders and such? However, I’m totally with her on the painting bricks thing. Definitely a no-no!
    Fun stuff, Ted!

  12. I actually agree with Ethel on this… love a good set of ivy… love your characters, I have missed them

  13. I’m with Ethel. No painted bricks! Fun story 🙂

  14. Hahaha. Great snapshot of this moment

  15. LOL…don’t you just hate it when your friends won’t validate your opinions?!

  16. I can just picture the old biddy at her window. Half of my hometown is full of rundown, crumbling old houses that really need to be torn down as eyesores and roach motels… but yet, the ‘hysterical committee’ calls them too valuable to dispose of.

  17. Dear Ted,

    Someone’s been eavesdropping on the girls’ phone calls again. Shame on you. I can almost see Cheryl’s eyes rolling on the other end. Made me laugh.



  18. How dense is this Cheryl anyway? When you want sympathy you call another woman. When you want solutions you call a man.

  19. Ethel must have had a miserable childhood 🙂

  20. Maybe the ivy will grow back over the newly painted wall and she’ll have the best of both worlds. In the meantime, the lady needs a window box! Nice told tale and some great dialgue

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